Causes of slow network in Windows® 7
What causes a slow network connection in Windows 7?
Windows 7 is one of the most widely preferred operating system since Windows XP has high end options to support various networking tasks. Windows 7 is a high speed multifunctional operating system capable of handling different types of network interfaces and protocols. The Windows 7 has excellent support for the latest types of wireless networking techniques and has a simple user interface which enables even inexperienced users to setup up and use various types of networks easily. Although Windows 7 is capable of supporting high speed networking, the valid issues in the system will have an adverse effect on the network speed. Thus, the users might experience issues like slow media streaming, drastic decrease in the download speeds and frequent network time-out errors. Infections or threats in the system like malware and viruses, improper settings in the network adapter and issues with the system files and device drivers are some of the reasons that can cause slow network issues in Windows 7. Taking the right steps to identify and solve the problems in your system under proper guidance will help to solve slow network issues in Windows 7.
The following points discussed will help users of Windows 7 to fix network issues in their system:
- Restore default settings
- Reinstall network adapter
- Scan for malware and infections
Restore default settings
The slow network issues in Windows 7 might sometimes be due to improper configuration of the network adapter which does not match the type of connected network. Reverting to a default working configuration of the network adapter by either selecting the default settings tab in adapter settings or restoring the system to a suitable point in time before these problems began to show up by making use of System Restore, will help the users to solve issues with the network in Windows 7.
Reinstall network adapter
Issues like missing or corrupt driver files of the network adapter can affect the functionality of the network adapter which will in turn have an adverse effect on the network speeds in Windows 7. Updating or reinstalling the network adapter driver in Windows 7 with its original default drivers or the updated version of the default driver will restore the functionality of the network adapter and will fix up the slow network issues in your system.
Scan for malware and infections
Malware and other similar infectious programs will stay hidden on your system and will steal your bandwidth for several purposes thereby reducing the network speeds in Windows 7. Scanning and removing all malware and other active infections or threats in your system using a suitable antimalware program with a wide detection range will help users solve slow network issues in Windows 7.
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